Lady Gaga shines in “A Star is Born”

Lady Gaga returns to the spotlight in “A Star is Born”. The movie is a remake of the 1976 classic of the same name, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. In the 2018 version, Gaga stars alongside Bradley Cooper, who plays musician Jackson Maine.

Gaga plays Ally, a struggling singer who works several jobs to make ends meet. Ally meets Jackson at one of her performances and they form an instant connection. Jackson is a famous musician who introduces Ally to the music scene. At first, she sings with him at his concerts and eventually, she gets signed to a record label. Ally’s career takes off, but as she rises to fame  Jackson to falls deeper into his struggle with substance abuse.

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“A Star is Born” is a timeless tale of fame and the consequences that come with it. The movie deals with themes of mental health, substance abuse, stardom, and relationships. In particular, I liked the idea that when a star is born another one must fade away. This is true in society and the film captures it in a beautiful, yet painful way. An audience of all ages will enjoy “A Star Is Born”.

The soundtrack to the movie is phenomenal, as it was the number one album on the Billboard 200 for three consecutive weeks. Gaga’s vocals shine in the French classic, “La Vie en Rose” and the heartbreaking original, “I’ll Never Love Again”. “Shallow” won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

In addition to starring in “A Star is Born” Cooper directed the film. This is Gaga’s first lead role in a movie. The film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and critics predict that Gaga could take home Best Actress.

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